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Awards of Distinction and Masters

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Each year the organization recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through an awards program. Awards are presented at the ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting, and eligibility criteria vary. Click on the award below to view the eligibility requirements.

 
 

Presidential Gold MedalBack to Top

The highest award that the ACR can bestow, the Presidential Gold Medal is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements in rheumatology over an entire career. Established by the past presidents of the ACR, candidates will have made important contributions in multiple areas such as clinical medicine, research, education or administration. Funding support for this award is provided by the Rheumatology Research Foundation.

Eligibility

ACR members including Emeritus members in good standing are eligible.

Award Terms and Funding

The Presidential Gold Medal is a one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $5,000 cash award.

Governing Committee

ACR Committee on Nominations and Appointments

Deadline

The nominations process ends on May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Apply

Complete an online application by May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Decision Notification

Decisions are announced after the August ACR Board of Directors Meeting.

The 2013 recipient of the Presidential Gold Medal is Paul H. Plotz, MD. For a complete list of past recipients, click here.


Distinguished Service AwardBack to Top

The Distinguished Service Award is awarded to an ACR member for outstanding and sustained service to the ACR.

Eligibility

ACR members in good standing are eligible.

Award Terms and Funding

The Distinguished Service Award is a one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award.

Governing Committee

ACR Committee on Nominations and Appointments

Deadline

The nominations process ends on May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Apply

Complete an online application by May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Decision Notification

Decisions are announced after the August ACR Board of Directors Meeting.

The 2013 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award are Robert J. Lloyd, MD and Christy I. Sandborg, MD. For a complete list of past recipients, click here.


Distinguished Clinician Scholar AwardBack to Top

The Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award is awarded to a rheumatologist who has made outstanding contributions in clinical medicine, clinical scholarship, or education.

Eligibility

ACR members in good standing are eligible.

Award Terms and Funding

The Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award is a one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award.

Governing Committee

ACR Committee on Nominations and Appointments

Deadline

The nominations process ends on May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Apply

Complete an online application by May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Decision Notification

Decisions are announced after the August ACR Board of Directors Meeting.

The 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award is James T. Rosenbaum, MD. For a complete list of past recipients, click here.


Distinguished Clinical Investigator AwardBack to Top

The Distinguished Clinical Investigator Award is to a clinical scientist making outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology. This award was known as the Clinical Research Award prior to 2006.

Eligibility

ACR members in good standing are eligible.

Award Terms and Funding

The Distinguished Clinical Investigator Award is a one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award.

Governing Committee

ACR Committee on Nominations and Appointments

Deadline

The nominations process ends on May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Apply

Complete an online application by May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Decision Notification

Decisions are announced after the August ACR Board of Directors Meeting.

The 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Clinical Investigator Award is Jeffrey N, Katz, MD, MSc. For a complete list of past recipients, click here.


Distinguished Basic Investigator AwardBack to Top

The Distinguished Basic Investigator Award is awarded to a basic scientist making outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology.

Eligibility

ACR members in good standing are eligible.

Award Terms and Funding

The Distinguished Basic Investigator Award is a one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award.

Governing Committee

ACR Committee on Nominations and Appointments

Deadline

The nominations process ends on May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Apply

Complete an online application by May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Decision Notification

Decisions are announced after the August ACR Board of Directors Meeting.

The 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Basic Investigator Award is Anne Davidson, MBBS. For a complete list of past recipients, click here.


Paulding Phelps AwardBack to Top

The Paulding Phelps Award is awarded to a clinical rheumatologist for outstanding service to patients, community and the practice of medicine.

Eligibility

ACR members in good standing are eligible.

Award Terms and Funding

The Paulding Phelps Award is a one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award.

Governing Committee

ACR Committee on Nominations and Appointments

Deadline

The nominations process ends on May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Apply

Complete an online application by May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Decision Notification

Decisions are announced after the August ACR Board of Directors Meeting.

The 2013 recipient of the Paulding Phelps Award is Harry L. Gewanter, MD. For a complete list of past recipients, click here.


Henry Kunkel Young Investigator AwardBack to Top

The Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award is awarded to a young physician scientist, age 45 or younger, who has made outstanding and promising independent contributions to basic or clinical research in the field of rheumatology.

Eligibility

ACR members in good standing age 45 or younger are eligible.

Award Terms and Funding

The Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award is a one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award.

Governing Committee

ACR Committee on Nominations and Appointments

Deadline

The nominations process ends on May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Apply

Complete an online application by May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Decision Notification

Decisions are announced after the August ACR Board of Directors Meeting.

The 2013 recipient of the Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Awards is Chyi-Song Hsieh, MD, PhD. For a complete list of past recipients, click here.


Distinguished Fellowship Program Director AwardBack to Top

The Distinguished Fellowship Program Director Award is awarded to a current or former rheumatology program director that has made outstanding contributions in the mentoring and training of future rheumatologists.

Eligibility

ACR members in good standing who are current or former rheumatology program directors for a period of a minimum of 5 years and who participate in related ACR educational activities. To be considered for this award, one of the recommendation letters must be from a current or previous fellow from the nominees program. Consideration will be given for innovative educational programs and recruitment of health care professionals to the subspecialty of rheumatology.

Award Terms and Funding

The Distinguished Fellowship Program Director Award is a one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award.

Governing Committee

ACR Committee on Nominations and Appointments

Deadline

The nominations process ends on May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Apply

Complete an online application by May 15, 2014..
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Decision Notification

Decisions are announced after the August ACR Board of Directors Meeting.

The 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Fellowship Program Director Award is Michael H. Pillinger, MD. For a complete list of past recipients, click here.


Excellence in Investigative Mentoring AwardBack to Top

The Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award recognizes the importance of the mentor/mentee relationship. A dedicated mentor can significantly influence the successful development and career of a mentee.  This award honors an active ACR or ARHP member for their contributions to the rheumatology profession through outstanding and ongoing mentoring.  Funding support for this award of distinction is provided by the Rheumatology Research Foundation.

Eligibility

ACR or ARHP members in good standing may nominate an individual who has mentored them. Nominees must be current ACR or ARHP members in good standing with demonstrated commitment to mentoring throughout their career. A mentor possessing a combination of research and clinical focus would be preferred, but such a combination is not required. Self-nomination is not permitted. Foundation committee members involved in award recipient selection are not eligible to nominate candidates or be nominated by someone else.

Award Terms and Funding

The Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award is a one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award.

Governing Committee

ACR Committee on Nominations and Appointments

Deadline

The nominations process ends on May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Apply

Complete an online application by May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Decision Notification

Decisions are announced after the August ACR Board of Directors Meeting.

The 2013 recipient of the Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award is Kenneth G. Saag, MD, MSc. For a complete list of past recipients, click here.


ACR Master DesignationBack to Top

Recognition as a Master of the American College of Rheumatology is one of the highest honors the College bestows. The designation of Master is conferred on ACR members, age 65 or older by October 1 of the year in which they are nominated, who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through scholarly achievement and/or service to their patients, students, and profession.

Eligibility

ACR members in good standing, age of 65 or older by October 1 of the year in which they are nominated, are eligible.

Award Terms and Funding

A Master is not required to pay annual fees, dues, or assessments and has the privilege of attending the ACR annual meeting without payment of registration fees.

Governing Committee

ACR Committee on Nominations and Appointments

Deadline

The nominations process ends on May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Apply

Complete an online application by May 15, 2014.
If you have questions, please contact ACRnominations@rheumatology.org.

Decision Notification

Decisions are announced after the August ACR Board of Directors Meeting.

The 2013 ACR Masters are Claire Bombardier, MD, FRCPC, David G. Borenstein, MD, Philip L. Cohen, MD, Helen M.  Emery, MD, Marvin J. Fritzler, MD, PhD, Edward H. Giannini, DrPH, MSc, Harold D. Keiser, MD, Ho-Youn Kim, MD, Lars Klareskog, MD, PhD, Joel M. Kremer, MD, Manuel Martinez-Lavin, MD, Stanley R. Pillemer, MD, Bruce C. Richardson, MD, PhD, Burton Sack, MD, Yehuda Shoenfeld, MD, Joel D. Taurog, MD, Carol A. Wallace, MD, and Patience H. White, MD, MA.  For a complete list of past recipients, click here.

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